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Early voting for Nov. 3 election starts Monday

Voters wishing to cast their ballots early for the joint Nov. 3 Constitutional Amendment Election and the city of Port Arthur Special Election can do so starting Monday at the following locations.

  • Port Arthur Public Library, 4615 Ninth Avenue.
  • Theodore Johns Library, 4255 Fannett Road, Beaumont
  • Effie and Wilton Hebert Library, 2025 Merriman St., Port Neches
  • Port Arthur Sub-Courthouse, 525 Lakeshore Drive, Port Arthur.

Dates and hours for early voting are as follows: Oct. 19 -23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Oct. 24-25, Saturday and Sunday, Closed; Oct. 26-28, 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; and Oct. 29-30, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday through Friday.

In the Port Arthur Special Election, four candidates have filed for the unexpired Position 7 seat that is currently filled by Derrick Freeman, who is required to step down because he is seeking the mayoral seat.

On the ballot is Antoine Leonard Freeman Sr., Thomas J. Henderson, Reginald Trainer and Charlotte Moses.

Trainer, 57, is owner of Trainer Lock and Key, a business that has been in operation for the past 14 years.

Trainer, 57, has said if he is elected he will concentrate on the need to improve city streets, and will look for ways to employ more Port Arthur citizens. Also, the city needs to bring its cultures together as one to create a more unified Port Arthur, he said.

Moses, 52, is the owner of Global Drug and Alcohol, a company that performs drug testing for various companies.

Moses is executive pastor of Christian Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Port Arthur. She also served on the city’s Economic Development Board until she filed for the Council seat.

Moses believes her experience as an employee of the city brings a unique perspective to the Council seat. She worked in the human resources department from 1988 to 2006.

If elected, Moses would like to see the city work in unison toward downtown redevelopment.

Henderson, 88, is a former City Councilman who served 17 years in Positions 6,3, and 8.

He sees many of the same issues still needing attention: streets, drainage, and the need to beautify the city.

Those issues are now worse than when he was on Council, he said.

He believes his many years experience on Council makes him best qualified, along with his ability to be a stabilizer on a board that has become known for discord.

Freeman, 45, is not related to Derrick Freeman.

He is a Port Arthur attorney who believes the City Council should have more professional people on board. He believes his legal experience along with his education will bring a fresh perspective to the City Council.

If elected, he would like to bring more activities for the city’s youth.